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Bioceramic fabrics improve quiet standing posture and handstand stability in expert gymnasts

  • Ciana, C. Univ Grenoble Alpes, LPNC, Grenoble, France - CNRS, LPNC, Grenoble, France
  • Gianocca, V. University of Fribourg, Department of Medicine, Switzerland
  • Barraud, P. A. Institut de Recherche Biomédicale des Armées, Brétigny sur Orge, France - CNRS, TIMC-IMAG, Grenoble, France
  • Guerraz, M. CNRS, LPNC, Grenoble, France - Univ Savoie Mont Blanc, Chambéry, France
  • Bresciani, Jean-Pierre CNRS, LPNC, Grenoble, France
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  • Gait & Posture. - 2015, vol. 42, no. 4, p. 419–423
English Bioceramic fabrics have been claimed to improve blood circulation, thermoregulation and muscle relaxation, thereby also improving muscular activity. Here we tested whether bioceramic fabrics have an effect on postural control and contribute to improve postural stability. In Experiment 1, we tested whether bioceramic fabrics contribute to reduce body-sway when maintaining standard standing posture. In Experiment 2, we measured the effect of bioceramic fabrics on body-sway when maintaining a more instable posture, namely a handstand hold. For both experiments, postural oscillations were measured using a force platform with four strain gauges that recorded the displacements of the center of pressure (CoP) in the horizontal plane. In half of the trials, the participants wore a full-body second skin suit containing a bioceramic layer. In the other half of the trials, they wore a ‘placebo’ second skin suit that had the same cut, appearance and elasticity as the bioceramic suit but did not contain the bioceramic layer. In both experiments, the surface of displacement of the CoP was significantly smaller when participants were wearing the bioceramic suit than when they were wearing the placebo suit. The results suggest that bioceramic fabrics do have an effect on postural control and improve postural stability.
Faculté des sciences et de médecine
Département de Médecine
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